The Human Rights Defender Anahit Manasyan published an ad hocreport on the issue of bullying in public educational institutions of the
Republic of Armenia.
The study of the issue of bullying stems from concerns
identified through the Human Rights Defender's monitoring activities, increase
in the number of verbal and written complaints received by the HRDO regarding
bullying cases as well as from the need for the state to implement and enhance
clear, practical and comprehensive mechanisms for preventing, detecting and
responding to the problem of bullying.
The ad hoc report addressed the issue of bullying, its root
causes and unprecedented levels of bullying observed in public educational
institutions of the Republic of Armenia, as well as proposals were presented to
the competent state bodies aiming to provide solutions to the problem at hand.
Within the framework of the study, the staff of the Human Rights
Defender sent inquiries to the competent state bodies, held discussions with
teachers, students, as well as with the members of the public council on the
rights of children and youth adjunct to the Defender.
The results of the study prove that the manifestations of
bullying are widespread in public educational institutions of the Republic of
Armenia. Bullying has a negative impact not only on the bullied children, but
also on the perpetrators and other actors, as well as on the entire social
environment. The existence of the mentioned phenomenon and the imperfection of
the mechanisms to fight against it are among the deep reasons for the
atmosphere of intolerance in our society.
In this context, the Defender underscores the crucial role of
the state in fully guaranteeing the rights of the child by establishing and
implementing effective mechanisms for the prevention, detection, and response
to bullying. In this regard, the state still has significant work to do and a
clear positive obligation.
The ad hoc report was prepared with the support of UNICEF.